Karl Patten's Touch gathers poems, both lyrical and reflective, manifesting the primacy of the senses in human experience. Whether the subject be love, desire, dream, nature, or the brutalities and injustices of life, Patten's poems engage the reader by their urgency of emotion and clarity of language, and by the mature perspective and humor of the poet himself.
About the author:
Karl Patten's earlier book of poems is The Impossible Reaches (1992), and the Press at Appletree Alley has twice printed him in chapbooks. A graduate of Williams College and Boston University, he is co-founder and co-editor of West Branch and its annual poetry festival, and an emeritus professor of English at Bucknell University. Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania ACLU, he also serves as the President of the Lewisburg Prison Project, where he works as a volunteer paralegal.